Travel like a local in the Dominican Republic

Travel the Dominican Republic and discover this amazing island.

This is a very good article and a wonderful way to discover the beauty of the Dominican Republic.

Enjoy this wonderful island, the beaches, the food, the people, the great natural resources like waterfalls, like and rivers.

Book a different vacation the next time when you are visiting the Dominican Republic. We are more than happy to assist you.

Come to the north coast where you find small Boutique Hotels, wonderful Bed & Breakfast, and Eco Adventure lodges.

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Lonesome beaches on the north coast

Vacation time on the north coast of the Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata

A popular choice amongst newly married couples and families is a week or two at an all-inclusive resort in any of a dozen locations country-wide. These range from economical and comfortable to ultra high-end luxury resorts with a known track record of excellence. Many of these resorts offer a long list of sporting and cultural activities as well as fine dining opportunities.

Smaller Resorts – economical and friendly

A couple wishing privacy and not requiring too varied an activities list might consider one of the smaller hotels in places like Cabarete, Sosua, Rio San Juan, El Breton, Cabrera, Las Terrenas or Las Galeras.

Here, the guest is happily at peace in a more intimate surrounding while having access to a charming smaller resort community. In Cabarete, one may wander the beach and choose from a wide range of restaurants and night spots and then return to their lodging on foot in the moonlight. Perhaps a glass of champagne will then be enjoyed, seated in a chaise lounge beneath the palms.

Hotel Villa Taina in Cabarete

Hotel Villa Taina in Cabarete

Larger all-inclusive resorts – activities for all

For those requiring a more structured experience, the larger all-inclusive hotels in Playa Dorada offer a rich and varied experience to their guests. Most feature numerous restaurants with interesting ethnic cuisine and decor. Activities of every imaginable type are available to guests at the larger all-inclusive resorts, from sailing and windsurfing to horseback rides in the mountains to pig roasts on the beach. Golf, tennis, hiking, white-water rafting, canyoning, and zip-lining…all may be enjoyed with just a phone call to the concierge.

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Golf Course, Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata

A private villa or condo rental – the height of luxury and indulgence

And for those wishing the pure peace of their own luxury villa, a wonderful choice of lovely beachfront villa, mountain villas, and beachfront condos await not only the honeymooner’s pleasure. In a fully-staffed luxury villa, the guests will be pampered as never before in their lives.

One might indulge in a massage overlooking the breaking reef, or choose an hour’s swimming in a private cove unseen reached by a coral stone pathway. Meals are served at the pleasure of the guest and can range from simple fare to sumptuous presentations including native lobster and fish. And in the background, there to answer every whim, a staff of men and women whose goal is your pleasure.

Beach front villa in Sea Horse Ranch

The offerings are many and varied. Prices range from economical to expensive, but in all levels, the potential guest will find great value in the Dominican Republic when compared to other Caribbean countries.

It is easy to get here. It is lovely to stay here. You will leave with some sadness but will take with you the memory of a lifetime – your beautiful Dominican Republic Honeymoon!

The Benefits and Challenges of Living on an Island

The benefits and challenges of living on an island

Living on an island in the sunny Caribbean sounds like a dream that’s too good to be true, but for many, it can become a reality. In fact, according to Islands Magazine’s most recent Best Islands to Live On the report, 80% of expats have thought about moving to an island someday, and 75% have even considered purchasing an island home.
No matter where you choose to live, every city, town or village comes with its flaws, and
unfortunately, this is all too true with island living too. There are many aspects of living on an island you may not have considered, so to help you ensure you’re making the right decision, here are a few pros and cons to island life.

Cabarete Beachfront Property, Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Living on an island

 

Pros

1. A slower pace of life

Many people opt for islands because they’re seeking a slower pace of life, and that’s exactly what you’ll find if you move to an island. You don’t have to be retired to be yearning to slow things down either!
It’s all too common for people to be swept up in the rush of everyday life, and it can be hard to find breathing space when you’re surrounded by a community that only knows one swift pace. This is why moving to an island, where the community often takes a slower approach to life is as enjoyable as it is refreshing.

2. Glorious weather

If you’re moving to somewhere like the Caribbean, where the climate is as tropical as it is glorious, you’re sure to experience great weather all year round – perfect for those who detest the cold. Warm, sunny weather often encourages people to go outdoors and can promote a healthier, happier lifestyle. So if you tend to live your life very much outdoors, or if you’d like to, there’s a good chance you’ll love living on an island.

3. A strong community

It’s only logical for small islands to house small populations, which is exactly what makes their communities so strong. Many island dwellers choose the island life for similar reasons – whether it’s to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life or it’s in search of new opportunities, like starting a business.

This mutual choice of lifestyle and love for the island tends to bring communities together. Coupled with the fact that you’ll literally never be far away from a new friend or neighbor, it’s safe to say you can never truly feel alone when you’re crossing paths with a familiar face every day.

4. Location, Location, Location

Being surrounded by the sea or ocean can really come with its benefits. From water-sports and activities to beach walks and boat trips, there are plenty of things to enjoy when you have your own slice of paradise.

When you picture the Caribbean, many people initially think of places like the Bahamas, the Turks, and Caicos amongst other tourist hotspots. However, the region is much larger than people may initially think. So, whether you’re seeking a quaint coastal haven or a bustling beach town, the Caribbean is as diverse as it is dreamy.

Beach House Cabarete, Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Cabarete Beach

 

Cons

1. Limited access to medical care

While there are many islands with high-quality medical facilities, like the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Cuba, there are also many islands where the quality of healthcare is low and access to medical services is insufficient. Don’t be surprised if the island you’re living on has only one hospital or clinic because this is very common when you’re living on a small, underdeveloped island.

Private facilities can be harder to find, and even though they offer a higher standard of healthcare services, they may still lack some of the medical equipment you’ll find on mainlands and in larger countries. For instance, in Jamaica, the standards of both private and public medical facilities can vary and some may not be up to the standards that you’d expect.

In this instance, you may have to travel overseas to have access to high quality, private medical facilities. If you do need to travel overseas for a medical emergency, for example, it can be a wise choice to take out an appropriate international health insurance policy so that you can access high-quality medical facilities as and when you need to.

2. Lack of amenities

They say it’s the simple things in life that make you happy, but the word ‘simple’ can mean different things to different people. Not having access to simple amenities and basic goods and services can be frustrating and depending on how remote the island is, you’re likely to experience this. Fortunately, the Dominican Republic is big enough and we find everything.

You’ll rarely find a large ‘has-it-all’ supermarket on a smaller island. Instead, you’ll have to buy groceries and the like from local stores, markets, and street vendors. Online shopping isn’t always an option either if you’re living on a small, secluded island. Depending on how remote the island is, it can be a struggle to find an online retailer that will actually deliver, and even if a retailer is able to deliver, packages often get caught in customs, meaning that the process could take around three or four weeks to arrive.

3. Everybody knows everybody

While ‘a strong community’ is listed as a benefit, it can also be a con. Living on an island is the equivalent of living in a small town or village – everybody knows everybody. While this can be a good thing, it can also be frustrating. The expression ‘news travels fast’ is a very accurate description of island social life. You may find it difficult to keep personal things private and you’ll quickly get to know the residents who you’ll continue to bump into, every day, at the same time.

4. Weather

While some areas of the planet are exposed to a greater risk of natural disasters than others, when a tsunami or hurricane hits an island, the results can be devastating. Before a natural disaster, a weather warning is usually signaled and the inhabitants of the island are evacuated to safer ground, but sometimes disaster can strike suddenly.

Whether it’s a flash flood or a bad storm, it’s always a good idea to stock up on food and supplies in case you are trapped on the island for a period of time.

While the prospect of living on an island can be exciting, you’ll need to think seriously about your decision before you make the move. Island life can have its downsides, but hopefully, the pros outweigh the cons and if you do choose the make the move, you’re sure to adore the slower pace of life, the strong community and the glorious weather that comes with it.

The Rio San Juan Area

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Rio San Juan, a large seaside town of over 15,000 inhabitants, lies about halfway between the Dominican Republic’s western border and its eastern end at Punta Cana. The town and its immediate area are rich in attractions and support several hotels from quite large to very small, however, tourism is not the only source of income for the area’s population. Cattle and dairy farms dot the hillsides south of town, and a substantial fleet of fishing boats operates from the protected coves just west of town. There is even a small but active boat-building presence.

Near the town are some of the most beautiful places in all the Dominican Republic. Playa Grande, a beach once hailed by National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world, stretches along several kilometers of shoreline just east of Rio San Juan. Featured here is world-class surfing, wonderful swimming, and a number of beach-side kiosks that will serve fish, caught locally, on a table set beneath the palms and sea grape just a few meters from the surf. In town, the Gri Gri Lagoon offers a small but protected anchorage for a small fleet of boats that offer tours of the mangroves and the handful of pocket beaches that dot the rugged, rocky shoreline. Guests can opt for snorkeling in several locations or may picnic ashore in solitude on one of the tiny, intimate beaches mentioned above. playa grande !! 038 The crown jewel of the Rio San Juan area would have to be the Playa Grande Golf Course. This magnificent 18-hole masterpiece was the last track designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The course opened to rave reviews in 1997 and has been compared to Pebble Beach. 10 of its 18 holes play along 20-meter-high cliffs overlooking the dazzling corals of the near-shore shallows all the way to a hazy horizon where the dark blue of deep water is often broken by the breaching of humpback whales.

At present, Rio San Juan and the Playa Grande area are enjoying a surge of development. Hotel and villa construction in the area of Playa Grande and the Playa Grande Golf Course is proceeding full speed while just west of town, a large, well- known beachfront hotel complex is undergoing extensive renovation. This is an area rich in amenities, poised to develop quickly and well.

Kiteboarding on the north coast of the Dominican Republic

Cabarete is one of the most popular kiteboarding destinations in the world. Buying real estate along this beautiful bay of Cabarete is the trend!

Kites in the sky Cabarete

Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Cabarete beach offers many options for ocean sports enthusiasts. One of the most popular sports here in the Dominican Republic is kiteboarding and here you will find several schools to choose from, for lessons and rentals alike.

Cabarete is the ideal location for kiteboarding, offering consistent side shore winds and consistent waves. In fact, it is one of the most popular kiteboarding destinations in the world. On a windy day, you will see a sky full of colorful kites hovering above the water, kiteboarders jumping and twisting in the air or surfing at high speeds across the turquoise waters.

Cabarete beach is a paradise for those who love the sea and warm waters of the Caribbean. There are many options for those looking to rent or purchase a condominium or home near the water, making it convenient to take advantage of the many activities and sports available.

Making your way west on Cabarete beach you will find several excellent kitesurfing schools. Here is my favorite and learn about other schools as well.

Kiteboarding with Audrey in Cabarete

Kiteboarding in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding in Cabarete – Dominican Republic

Special kiteboarding trips to a beach called Buen Hombre are offered by this amazing group of kites. Buen hombre is a wonderful unspoiled fisherman town west of Puerto Plata, and 35 km away from Monte Cristi, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

Many of the schools are managed by foreigners who have come to the Dominican Republic to find a relaxed lifestyle, either renting or purchasing a beautiful home when they settle here.

There are some other kiteboarding spots on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. You can, for instance, go to Playa Bergantine which is located between Sosua and Puerto Plata. However, one of the best kitesurfing spots on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is most certainly Buen Hombre. A 3-hour drive from Cabarete, this quaint little fishing town boasts some of the best beaches around. With frequent windy days at around 30 knots, flat and crystal clear waters await you. But don’t take our word for it, just look at the pictures below to get an idea of what it’s like.

Buen Hombre kiting

Kiting

Buen Hombre Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

 

Here’s Why Sosua and Cabarete are the Jewels of the Dominican Republic

Sosua & Cabarete are more than just towns on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. They are filled with an allure that continues to entice visitors and residents from around the globe.

People may first choose to visit Sosua and Cabarete for the weather or the promise of an adventure. However, they soon realize that there is so much more to experience.

In fact, there’s something for everyone. From water sports and outdoor adventures to lazy afternoons in the shade of a palm tree, you can find it here. From quiet nights into dinner parties and dancing until dawn, the options are numerous.

The natural beauty and rhythm of the north coast are found in the people that visit and live here. This is a place like no other.

In fact, this video seems to capture that spirit of adventure in a unique way. Many people come here thinking they will find something new to discover in the world, and they do. However, many of them discover that there is always more to experience and enjoy that is waiting just around the corner.

Why not discover it for yourself?

At Select Caribbean, we welcome the chance to introduce others to our world here in Sosua and Cabarete. We live here and we love it! We also love to share this place with others and welcome you to our community of excitement and wonder.

Whether you are seeking the vacation of a lifetime or a new place to call home, we want to help make your dreams a reality, right here.

Aman Resorts is expanding to the Dominican Republic

The Aman Resorts announced for the 4th quarter of 2015 the launch of its second Caribbean Resort on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The resort will be become the first golf-integrated Aman and will adjoin the Playa Grande Golf Course.

This will be an absolute highlight for the north coast. Select Caribbean Properties agents are prepared for this moment and listed already a while ago many fantastic real estate properties like affordable houses, farms and luxury villas in the town for Rio San Juan, El Breton, and Cabrera.

Read the following article: Aman Resort is expanding to the Dominican Republic

Playa Grande Golf Course

Cabrera, Playa Grande Golf Course, Dominican Republic

3 Advantages Of Luxury Villas Over A Hotel

It’s not a surprise that luxury villas have become the trend, tempting travelers with offers of exotic locations, private beach access, and personal chefs.

Luxury villas are now the places where tourists stay for the period of their vacations, whenever they travel to the world to have a royalty treatment and a lifetime experience.

5-star hotels were once the ‘luxury experience’ most people craved. However, experiences are now edging towards more relaxed vacations where wellness, independence, and privacy are prioritized.

Luxury Villas - Dominican Republic

Private Pool

LUXURY VILLAS

Luxury Villas are derived from the word “luxury” meaning a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense. “Villa” is a large and luxurious country house in its own grounds.
According to Trip Advisor, Luxury Villa means a great comfort or elegance especially when
involving great expenses. More people prefer luxury villa than a hotel because the luxury villa is secured in terms of privacy and security.
Luxury villas are usually located at Green Islands like Bali in Indonesia, where people travel from around the world to explore to have a lifetime experience. In terms of Property Management luxury villas are eco-friendly and have a conducive environment for living.
Luxury villas located in the outskirts of the city and get more patronized by International
tourists. They usually found on an island to attract tourists coming to spend some couple of months on vacations, annual leave from work or during holidays.

HOTELS
According to Wikipedia, the term hotel is an establishment that provides a paid lodging on a short-term basis.
Hotel is made inside the city for people that come to attend workshops, seminars or any other thing happening in a short period of time, not for long stay.
Hotels are not that secured because of security issues CCTV camera captures all footage of everyone that walks into the premises on daily basis.
For the traveler eager to avoid crowded swimming pools, expensive food, and the general
busyness that a hotel atmosphere brings, here are 3 advantages that should convince you to choose a luxury villa rental for your next trip.

Advantages of Luxury Villas over Hotels

1. Luxury Villas have more Privacy.
One of the biggest advantages of staying in a luxury villa is privacy. And it’s offered at a level that even 5-star hotels can’t beat.
When you choose to stay in a villa you have a whole property to yourself, for guaranteed peace and serenity. The exclusivity plan of your own residence means that there are no obnoxious neighbors, and no other travelers to share your space with.
If you secure a villa with a gym, you can sweat without anyone looking; villas are so private that you can swim naked if that’s your thing!

2. More Reasons to stay in a villa over a hotel.
One of the biggest misconceptions about travel is the assumption that hotels offer the best rates. But if you are traveling with a group of people, or booking an extended stay, you’ll probably find that few hotels can compete with the value of money you get from renting a luxury villa.
Whether you are looking for two bedrooms or twelve, the room rates are often more affordable than a 5-star hotel. And with self-contained facilities, like a full kitchen, laundry, and other amenities like a swimming pool and gym, you’ll also save significantly on expensive charges for food, drink, and activities.
Depending on the size of your family or group, a villa could cost as little as $100 per person or couple per night. And that is for an exclusive property, often with a private pool, beach access, and separate pavilions.
From all this researched and analysis Luxury Villas are more secured in terms of privacy, fast internet, good food, eco-friendly environmental, royal experience, best tourist experience and much more while Hotels are usually for local travelers which usually lodge for a short period of time.

3. Luxury Etcetera
Most of the best luxury villas are actually holiday homes of the rich and the passionate. Here are some of the perks you can expect in the villas. Mostly, owners guide the design of the villas and themselves stay in the villa; hence, villas are usually more lavish, grand and at the same time exude a homely feel. Antique and reclaimed wood furniture, elegant interiors with collectible paintings, tropical gardens with day beds, balconies facing the beach and the setting sun, spacious bathrooms with baths overlooking nature are some of the common features.
The owners usually use the service of an expert in Property Management, staff, facilities and comfort features of the villa, hence when its available for rent you can expect the same high quality of service and sense of loyalty from the staff. Special Gardens, fully equipped kitchen with oven and barbecue, big bathrooms and cinema rooms are some features hard to match, even from some of the best five-star hotels.

Luxury Villas - Dominican Republic

Outdoor Terrace

Santiago De Los Caballeros

Traveling to Santiago de los Caballeros!

The Dominican Republic may be popular for its stunning beaches but this article looks beyond the sun and sand to the array of cultural activities in Santiago de los Caballeros.

While everyone else is heading to the Dominican Republic for the big city feels of Santo Domingo or the beaches of Puerto Plata, you’re off for an off the beaten path in the Dominican Republic vacation. With dozens of universities, including the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, tons of galleries and art centers, history museums galore, and plenty of outdoor activity, the small city of Santiago de los Caballeros, in the north of the country, is truly a historic, cultural, and educational gem of the Dominican Republic. With so much to do and see, it’s hard to list everything, but here are our top picks of things to do in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

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Santiago, Dominican Republic

Santiago

An Enticing Insight into the Dominican Republic Real Estate

An Enticing Insight into the Dominican Republic RE

The Dominican Republic is unique among Caribbean destinations for a number of important reasons. Large and diverse, the island country enjoys a tropical climate, lovely beaches, rich farmland, and a friendly, engaging population. Tourists find a wide array of attractions that will delight them from kite-boarding to horseback riding to white water rafting. Many return, year after year, and at some point, decide to invest in Dominican Republic Real Estate.

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Endless beaches on the North Coast of the DR

The north coast of the Dominican Republic is widely regarded as the most scenic area of the country with its dazzling, wide beaches and lush coastal mountains. From Luperon to Cabrera, the visitor passes through historic towns like Puerto Plata, Sosua, and Cabarete. A sure sign that large-scale investment is coming is the recent opening of a major cruise ship port by Carnival Cruise Line. Many visitors, realizing that the area suits them, will choose to invest in real estate in this growing area.

Investing in Dominican Republic Real Estate in this beautiful country is very straightforward. Ownership of property by foreigners is absolute and relatively simple. The process is similar to that employed in European or US real estate transactions, and there are many competent attorneys who are able to handle the legal aspects of real estate ownership.

The Dominican Republic has become the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean and consistently ranks in the top 5 for all the Americas. This popularity has spawned significant infrastructure growth in many areas with improved roads, bridges, airports and cultural centers. Where Punta Cana and La Romana have grown rapidly in recent years, the north coast is feeling the beginnings of a new wave of interest by tourists and those wishing to stay for the longer term.

Indeed, there are many opportunities for quality real estate investment on the north coast.  Condo and villa communities are found in many desirable locations and residences are available in every budget niche. From compact, efficient studio apartments near the beach in stylish, hip Cabarete to luxury villas in exclusive, gated communities like Sea Horse Ranch, the menu of choices is rich and varied.

Best of all, an investor in a residential property will find that the demand for rental properties almost guarantees a substantial return on investment. And if the owner decides to stay awhile, they will find that an affordable luxury lifestyle is well within their reach. Easy to reach from North America and Europe, the north coast region is served through the Puerto Plata International Airport as well as the fine airport at Santiago, a larger nearby city with great shopping, modern medical and dental facilities, and access to the celebrated mountain towns of Jarabacoa and Constanza. As many visitors have found, this is a great place to live!

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Luxury Oceanfront Villa

The Author

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, analytics, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants, and Dignam with respect to pricing and the people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.